Tech Tips for Databases, Techies, and Pumpkins

Trick or Treat! Since it’s Halloween, I thought it’d be funny to see what other tech tips are out there. So, here is the tale of my obligatory Google search for our site’s prized search term: “Tech Tips for Us”

Tech Tips for Catholic Teens — Ah, yes, FINALLY someone did what we’ve been meaning to do as a sub-domain for years! Why visit “catholic_teen.tipsfor.us” when you have “http://catholictechtips.stblogs.com/”? Other than the obviously strange preclusion about the target audience, the perfunctory cross fav.icon, and the notable omission about the hottest techie action for altar boys, the blog looks suspiciously similar to our own…

http://www.unixwiz.net/techtips/sql-injection.html This is a good site for people wanting to understand how to protect from MySQL database vulnerabilities… the Wiki article is also pretty good. I wrote a little article about MySQL Security that seemed a bit too geeky for this blog (I know, I know… I’m disappointing the fans). I think my favorite story about a site getting owned was when the Dremel site (famous for their moto-tool) was hacked via SQL-injection and the homepage ended up being replaced with an image of a Goatse-pumpkin. (Appropriately, the pumpkin was carved with a Dremel Moto-tool). Watch out boys and girls! SQL injection is not pretty!

This is not the pumpkin image that was placed on the Dremel site, but it's close enough.
This is not the pumpkin image that was placed on the Dremel site, but it's close enough.

LifeHacker.com — hey, this site looks legit. They even have a seasonal article about Do-It-Yourself Facial Prosthetics! They also have lots of old-school artwork with airships — the kind with little propellers that you see in Miyazaki films or in Smashing Pumpkins videos. I LOVE THAT!

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